New chancellor named for Diocese of Orange

The Most Reverend Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, has appointed Pia de Solenni, SThD, and current theological consultant to the Office of the Bishop, to serve as Chancellor of the Diocese of Orange. As chancellor Dr. de Solenni will serve as the most senior lay administrative leader. Her duties will … [Read More...]

Retired priests in Oakland diocese struggle to make ends meet

Just as "Baby Boomers" reflect the aging of the U.S. population, so too more of the diocese's priests are entering retirement age and living longer. They face the same high cost of living and housing in the Bay Area, so sustaining an adequate retirement income becomes more challenging. To help … [Read More...]

The extent of my religious education: ‘Love God, draw a rainbow’

The following is by Most Rev. Michael C. Barber, SJ: As we begin the new school year, I'd like to recognize the principals and presidents of our Catholic elementary and secondary schools. Catholic educators have a unique role in one of the primary missions of the Church: To form missionary … [Read More...]

First Steubenville NorCal Catholic Youth Conference draws nearly 1000 teens

About 1,000 teenagers — the official count was 995 — and their chaperones rocked the bleachers of Cal State East Bay's gym at a Saturday morning hour when most would expect to find 13- to 18-year-olds still sleeping. They were wide awake, singing along with Christian rock musicians as they waited … [Read More...]

U.S. bishops explicitly reject ‘racism, white supremacy and neo-nazism’

After a statement on Saturday denouncing the “abhorrent acts of hatred” in Charlottesville, Viriginia, but not identifying responsible forces by name, America’s Catholic leadership on Sunday spoke out again, this time specifically condemning “the evil of racism, white supremacy and neo-nazism.” In … [Read More...]

California’s coming youth deficit

Images of California, particularly the southern coast, are embedded with those associated with youthfulness — surfers, actors, models, glamorous entrepreneurs. Yet, in reality, the state — and the region — are falling well behind in the growth of their youthful population, which carries significant … [Read More...]

Margaret Sanger is happy

While not news to some, the 2010 Census results revealed that Planned Parenthood is clearly targeting minority neighborhoods. 79% of its 165 surgical abortion facilities are within walking distance of Black American or Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods. Protecting Black Life's Research has revealed … [Read More...]

How much are priests paid?

When it comes to the salaries of the many lay people helping to run the Catholic Church in the United States, the highest paid lay positions tend to be administrative: lawyers, finance directors and communications professionals. At the low end of the pay scale are pastoral positions, such as … [Read More...]

Churches worth driving to

Name of Church Mission San Xavier del Bac Address 1950 W. San Xavier Road, Tucson, AZ 85746-7409 Phone number 520-294-2624 Website Mass times Saturday vigil, 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8 & 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. Tuesday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. Communion Service on Mondays, … [Read More...]

‘May you die in pain’

The people of California’s 1st Congressional District made their congressman see red Monday morning. Like other Republican lawmakers before him, Rep. Doug LaMalfa (Calif.) held a town hall on the ongoing health-care debate and the effort, led by President Trump and the GOP, to repeal and replace … [Read More...]

Two California bishops played key roles in Sacred Liturgy Conference

Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample received loud applause and cheers when he proclaimed, “Every priest and seminarian should learn the extraordinary form of the Mass.” More than 400 people from around the country descended on Sacred Heart Parish in Medford, Oregon for the 2017 Sacred Liturgy … [Read More...]

Are liberal Catholics seeking to silence converts?

Writing in Commonweal, Massimo Faggioli complains that the Catholic Church in America is dominated by converts—including me. Faggioli is a liberal Catholic, and he appears to be distressed that, as a rule, vocal converts are not. We are loud, he complains, and we retain the gross manners of our … [Read More...]

Silicon Valley’s latest craze: immortality

Zoltan Istvan is launching his campaign to become Libertarian governor of the American state of California with two signature policies. First, he’ll eliminate poverty with a universal basic income that will guarantee US$5,000 per month for every Californian household for ever. (He’ll do this without … [Read More...]

Grandma can do this

By now, David Daleiden is a household name, known for his series of videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s trade in fetal body parts. Millions of people watched in horror as Planned Parenthood directors casually discussed the dismemberment of babies in the womb and then negotiated sale of their parts … [Read More...]